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    Post The Gael Meta-Ethnicity

    We all know what "Scandinavian " "Slavic" "Germanic"and "Romance" terms refer to when describing a people of an certain ethnic background.

    Would it not be better to use the term "Gael" when referring to the racial type Found in Ireland,Scotland ,Wales, Brittany and Northern Spain. Rather than term "Celtic" which to me has more of a cultural meaning( lifestyle, dress and artwork) shared by a group of peoples that spanned across a large part of Europe.
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    Post Re: Meta-Ethnicity: Gael

    Quote Originally Posted by NewGrange
    We all know what "Scanadavian" "Slavic" "Germanic"and "Romance" terms refer to when a describing a people of an certain ethnic background.

    Would it not be better to use the term "Gael" when referring to the racial type Found in Ireland,Scotland ,Wales, Brittany and Northern Spain. Rather than term "Celtic" which to me has more of a cultural meaning( lifestyle, dress and artwork) shared by a group of peoples that spanned across a large part of Europe.

    Yes, the term Gael should be used when describing those people (except for the people of Wales and Brittany who are actually Brythons, not Goidels).
    Basically Gaelic or Goidelic pertains rather to the culture and language of the people of these lands who spoke a Q-Celtic language, as opposed to Brythonic and (the now extinct) Continental Celtic.

    Therefore, Gael is simply a member of the larger Celtic family.
    In the same way that Scandinavian is part of the larger Germanic family.

    I suppose it depends on where you draw the dividing line. In terms of Skadi's profile meta-ethnicities, it has drawn the level at Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Romance, etc.

    I have no objection to changing it to Gael, but it may meaning splitting the other groups up further too.

    On a side note, there is a lack of Brythonic activity on Skadi

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